How to make a better nation.  I say better because there is no such thing as a perfect nation.

The US is a constitutional representative democratic republic[1], not a democracy or a theocracy.  The current US constitution is very good but could be improved upon.  Below are some list of new laws, framework, and ideas that would make a better constitution.  This is on going list and will be revised.

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  • national moto is E pluribus unum (Latin for “Out of many, one”)
  • rules of law, no one is above the law
  • all laws apply to all people in the United States, it’s properties and territories
  • universal suffrage
  • adopt the metric system, imperial can not be used by the government
  • national language as English (with modifications)
    • simplified English
    • make spelling phonic
    • reduce meanings of words to one definition if possible (right only means a direction, right on longer means correct)
    • remove redundant letters from alphabet (if any)
  • define US government as a constitutional representative democratic secular federal republic
  • voting is mandatory for all able bodied citizens, national voting week every year
  • 10% of federal budget is to go towards scientific endeavors for the welfare of all mankind
    • NASA is to be permanent branch of the federal government
    • NASA is to receive at least 5% of federal budget, more for specific projects set out of any branch of government
  • five branches of government
    • legislative
      • authors laws
      • can levy taxes, tariffs, and laws to ensure the defense and welfare of people, citizens, and the republic
      • two houses (congress)
        • elected to five year terms, can’t serve consistently, can’t serve more than two terms total
        • senate and house of representatives
          • senate, two per state
          • house, based on state population
          • elected by popular vote by entire state (no districts)
          • five year term, can’t serve consistently, can’t serve more than two terms total
    • executive
      • enforces the laws
      • sets federal budget
      • president
        • elected to a single ten year term by popular vote
        • can only server one term
        • can be removed from office by congress at five year mark
        • commander and chief of all military
      • must approve legislative laws, can be over ruled by 75% majority vote from congress
      • controls FBI, CIA, and DOD
      • appoints a cabinet
    • judicial
      • interprets the laws, can overrule laws that violate the constitution
      • supreme count
        • 9 judges
        • appointed by the president, must be approved by congress and scientific
        • 10 year terms, can only serve one term, staggered terms every 3 years
      • set ups lower courts
      • can never have had a political party affiliation
    • scientific
      • provides scientific data for other branches
      • provides “fact checking” for new laws
      • can “sensor” laws by majority vote (before taking affect)
      • can overrule laws by 75% majority vote (before taking affect)
      • can “sensor” presidential policy by majority vote
      • can overrule presidential policy by 75% majority vote
      • dictates technical and scientific policy
      • composed of two branches (1000 total)
        • academic (500)
          • elected by academia, must be approved by congress and president
          • five year terms, can serve 3 terms
        • professional (500)
          • elected by professional organization (IEEE etc..), must be approved by congress and president
          • five year terms, can serve 3 terms
    • corruption
      • governmental police force
      • investigates other branches for violations of laws
      • investigators (100)
        • 25 nominated by president, approved by congress and scientific
        • 25 nominated by congress, approved by scientific and president
        • 25 nominated by scientific, approved by president and congress
        • 25 by popular vote
        • 10 year term, can serve twice
  • freedom of religion
    • completely secular government
    • the government (federal or local) can’t condone/support any religion
  • no elected official can accept a gift from any single entity with a worth more that $5 in one years time including meals, official must pay there own meals
  • corporations/companies are not considered people, they are to be treated as a new category when dealing with the law
  • absolutely no political contributions from companies or individuals, all funds come from a federally or local fund specifically set up for political activities (details to be listed later) funded through taxes
  • any person that is to hold public office can not be associated with any political party during his/her term and five years preceding and following that term
  • any elected official can’t have a personal net worth move than two standard deviations from the mean personal wealth of US citizens
    • person can donate wealth to make her/him eligible for public office
    • person can’t reacquire that donated wealth after term is completed
  • universal health care to all people (not state run)
  • no torture to or from any person in US or to be committed by US official or citizen (includes CIA and soldiers)
  • controlled substances
    • punishment for violations of controlled substances (i.e., illegal drugs) can not be greater than the damage that substance would have caused the individual
    • tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, and other non lethal drugs deemed relatively safe by scientific research are to legal but tightly controlled and taxed to offset negative health cost
  • copyright is be 50 years or the life of the author if a single person
  • patents
    • duration is 15 years
    • no software patents
    • ideas are not patentable
    • patents are not transferable for a company
    • patents are salable if from a single author
    • patents must be novel and non obviousness
    • patents are based on first to create
    • a working prototype must be demonstrated before a patent is be granted
  • education
    • school curriculum is be set by the scientific branch
    • funds are to be generated from national taxes
    • all people must attend public school K through 12
    • all meals are to be provide free to all students
  • no company that does business in the United States can provide monitoring software, hardware, or services to other nations for the purposes for spying or tracking their citizens
  • no company that does business in the United States can provide software, hardware, or serves for the purposes for filtering or fire-walling the internet into any country including the source country
  • taxes
    • national income tax to be levied by federal government
      • is to be a progressive, not to be “flat”
      • tax is equation based, not bracket based
      • tax is to increase in percentage at personal income increases
      • tax is to set to $1 if income is below poverty level
      • scientific branch is to set the poverty level, and base it on scientific statistical analysis of living conditions and is to be reevaluated every year
    • sales tax is to be controlled by state governments
    • corporate tax rates are to be fixed by federal government and must be the same in every state and US territory (this is to prevent companies from “gaming” the system and taking advantage of local city and state governments by moving offices)
    • only non-profit companies that allocate greater then or equal to 75% of their monies to charitable causes (religious activities don’t count)
    • religious organizations are not tax exempt automatically (see above)
    • companies must obtain non-profit classification from local and/or federal government
  • Bill of Rights (to all people not just citizens)
    • right to freedom of speech, print, electronic transfer to all people and citizens
    • right to freedom of press
    • right to freedom of peaceful assembly
    • right of people to petition the government
    • right to bear arms (limited)
    • right to freedom from unwarranted search and seizure
    • right to due process of law
    • right to defense attorney
    • right to grand jury
    • right to speedy and public trial by impartial jury
    • right to be informed of all accusations
    • right to trial
    • right to bail
    • right to health care
    • freedom from cruel punishment
    • freedom from torture
    • freedom from self incrimination
    • right to a internet neutrality, no censorship by any branch of local or federal government
    • right to a education (K to 12)

Guiding Principles

  • the government is to ensure scientific endeavors without political interference for the betterment of all humanity
  • the government is to ensure a constitutional representative democratic republic
  • the government is to keep good relations with other nations and adhere to international law
  • the government is to ensure the free flow of information and ideas
  • the government is to ensure a secular nation
  • the government is to ensure freedom of press, religion, assembly
  • the government is to ensure the right to privacy (to be left alone and not to be seen) for people
  • the government is to ensure a stable the economy
  • the government is to ensure a mixed market economy
  • the government is to ensure fair competition between companies
  • the government is to ensure a more even distribution of wealth
  • the government is to ensure a efficient and robust infrastructure
  • the government is to limit monopolies and duopolies
  • the government is to have a “guiding hand” to promote new technologies
  • the government is to ensure a healthy and robust natural environment
  • the government is to foster a robust university system for higher education

 

References

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitutional_republic